Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Jolly Kone Bridgeport CA’

Some smaller patterns for use up in the Eastern Sierras in May when I can get Ally, Hero and Nick rolling towards Bridgeport, CA and the flows increase in the East Walker River. Hopefully, we will experience some snow in the mountains before then. Right now it isn’t looking real good… ( 3.3.2018…it’s coming down BIG TIME in the Eastern Sierra :thmbup:  and looking like the will be more… 3.14.2018

Completed BOX OF SMALL…

UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Hanak H130BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Black thread

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

THORAX: UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Blue, sized to hook

Before I went up to the High Sierra with my entire family, in August of this past year, I tied up a bunch of soft hackle flies using this UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock. It was a fish catching machine in the high elevation lakes then and again above Bishop in early November. This is a little attractor pattern for moving water using the Peacock Herl in the thorax. Try it with a black or Nickel Bead too !!!

Materials UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE…

UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE(s)…# 18’s…

JOLLY KONE in Bridgeport, CA…

Bridgeport, CA in the early Spring…

YELLOWCAKE MIDGE …

HOOK: Firehole Stick 316, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 3 short strands, Fire Orange, Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier thread, Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

WINGS: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Hot Yellow

THORAX: Larva Lace Salmo Supreme – Rainbow

GLASS BEAD: Hi Lite Glass, Quicksilver, x-sm

One of the first glass bead Midges I have tied in quite awhile. This one is a flashy little critter for attraction and water that is tinted. I have a bunch of Larva Lace dubbing that needs to be used…

 

Materials YELLOWCAKE MIDGE

YELLOWCAKE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

Midge water on the East Walker River…

CREAM MERCURY MIDGE – Dorsey Variant…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

TREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Cream

RIB: UTC  Wire, Copper, x-sm

GLASS BEAD: Killer Caddis, Diamond Bead, Midge

It’s been awhile since I have tied any glass bead midges. Pat Dorsey’s Mercury Midge is an excellent pattern for the East Walker River, in the Spring…Right in here:

Michael with yet another Brown caught on a Midge on the EWR…

Materials CREAM MERCURY MIDGE…

CREAM MERCURY MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH …

HOOK: Firehole Stick 419, #18 – #20

THREAD: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

WING: Oral-B Dental Floss – teased out

THORAX: Zelon Dubbing from BRF, Brachycentrus Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Jet Black, sized to hook

Just another simple little Olive Nymph on a wide gape hook. Rumor has it that Oral-B Dental Floss moves exceptionally well underwater… 🙂

Materials O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH…

O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH(s)…#18’s…

HALF PINT MIDGE – Blue Ribbon Flies / Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

SHUCK: 6 strands Pearl Midge Flash, cut short

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: UTC Wire, Gold, x-sm

THORAX: BRF Zelon Dubbing, Midge Black

WING(S): 3 strands each side, Pearl Midge Flash

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, 5/64″

A Blue Ribbon Flies pattern tied here by Alan Freed. I use a lot of BRF patterns because they are simple and work REALLY well. I did this one with a gold bead and gold wire…Copper would also work as an alternative…

Materials HALF PINT MIDGE…

HALF PINT MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Underabdomen / Tiemco Charcoal Gray – Thorax forward

OVERABDOMEN: Flashabou Dyed Pearl Pink #6965, 2 strands

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm – * coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Hot Pink

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

I have found that Pink can be a very useful color to use in the Spring up on the East Walker River. This is toned down a bit from another Pink pattern I use up there and a some what midge-like instead of mayfly-like – “PINKY” – I also choose NOT to slather a lot of my small midge patterns with UV Resin which, I believe, is detrimental to the segmentation effect of wire ribbing on fly patterns and extensively overused…

Materials PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE…

PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA – Frechette/ Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Veevus 12/0, Tan

RIB: Veevus Body Quill, Black, lightly twisted – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

This is a Norm Frechette Midge pattern one may visit his vast collection of tie on his Blog, Flytying: New & Old. I like using Midge patterns with dramatic , accentuated ribbing.- particularly when the water is off-color in the Spring…

Materials TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA…

TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA…#18’s…

RAMBO NYMPH – Fulling Mill / Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH #16- #20

THREAD: UTC Light Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: UTC Wire, Amber, SM

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

BEAD: Plmmeting Tungsten, Metallic Olive, sized to hook

This in a generic, all-purpose Nymph based on a Nymph pattern developed by Fulling Mill in the U.K. Their version listed on their own hook in a size #14…

Materials RAMBO NYMPH…

RAMBO NYMPH(s)…#16’s…

BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY (Brown/Black)… 

HOOK: Firehole Stick 637, #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown – Thorax forward… * neither are pictured

RIB: Micro Tubing, Black

WING: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown, 2-3 strands

THORAX: BRF Zelon dubbing, Midge Black

A simple threadbare Midge pattern on a wide gape hook. These kinds of Midge patterns work well on the East Walker River,near Bridgeport, CA…

East Walker River in the Spring…

Materials BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY (Brown/Black)…

BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY(s)… #18’s…

SALSA VERDE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #4 Pale Yellow – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Micro Tubing, Pheasant Tail

WING: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl, 3 strands

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Brown

I have become enamored with using micro tubing as a rib material over the past year. Both Michael and I had a lot of success up on the Madison this past Fall using a couple of simple midge patterns that incorporated it. It also worked well for me when I fished the East Walker River in September and I have a feeling that it will work in the next few weeks down below 5 Bridge on the Lower Owens River where it did not burn…

Lower Owens River below 5 Bridges…

Materials SALSA VERDE MIDGE

SALSA VERDE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

GREEN MACHINE MIDGE – Keefover / Variant…

HOOK:  Firehole Stick 633, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Chartreuse – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Chartreuse Thread

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Lt. Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, 5/64″, Metallic Green

Another pattern from “Colorado Guide Flies”, not to be confused with Vince Wilcox’s “Little Green Machine”. This pattern was designed by John Keefover who guides for Blue Quill Angler in CO. He ties it on a TMC 101 Hook…

Materials GREEN MACHINE MIDGE…

GREEN MACHINE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG – Parrott / Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2499SPB-BL, # 18 – or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Charcoal Grey

ABDOMEN: Flashabou, Purple, 2 strands – Deep Pearl Purple #6966

RIB: Lagartun, Silver, x-fine * coat with Hard As Hull

WING BUD: Razor Foam, Opaque White, 1.0mm

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

A variation on a Steve Parrott Midge pattern which can be found  in this book. I use a similar pattern with a yellow foam wing on the East Walker River, in Olive, in the Spring. The foam tied above the thorax area causes the fly to bob and weave in the water column – subsurface…

Materials UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG…

UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG(s)…#18’s…

 

 

PT/TB

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

What a trip ! Michael flew out from NYC for some time in the Eastern Sierras with me, his sister Ally and HERO the DOG…Oh… and Nick too! This is where we went…and what we experienced…

A BP MAP

Bridegport, CA and surrounding area…

1 BP 15

One knows they are well out of Los Angeles when arriving at Red Rock Canyon, on both sides of Hwy. 14, outside of Mojave, CA…

2 BP 15

…and this would be Little Lake, CA

3 BP 15

The volcano, at the entrance to the Owens Valley and Fossil Falls, just to the right and foreground of the mound…Me and the kids have spent a lot of time wandering around that cinder cone, looking’ for stuff…

3.5 BP 15

On this trip, Michael and I did not make the usual climb up to the portal at Mt. Whitney, so we let Ally, Nick and Hero do that for us on their trip up to meet us three days later…

4 BP 15

This is Eastside Sports in Bishop, CA. I make a point of frequenting this shop every time we hit the Sierras…never know what I might find and then need. These are the hats that Michael was going through for his wife Aimee…

5 BP 15

Wait !…Michael got one for himself and me to keep the sun off of the back of our necks while fishing the lakes…

6 BP 15

One just does not go through Bishop without stopping at Mahogany Smoked Meats…It’s more important than Sierra Trout Magnet (The Fly Shop), across the street (sorry David !)…

CHILENO PEPPERS

Then the quest to pick up some of these...the MOST RIGHTEOUS peppers on the planet…normally, MSM’s carries these but they were (horrors!) out of stock and nobody else had them in Bishop either…that, required a quick phone call to Ally to implement plan “B” and she picked them up at a shop in Lone Pine on the way up. F.Y.I. these are going to be difficult to get for the next year because of a crop failure on the other side of the Sierras during the growing season…

7 BP 15

Mono Lake, about 35 miles South of Bridgeport, CA where road repairs required us to wait, while only one lane of traffic was open at a time…This is where brine shrimp are cultivated for use as fish food in aquariums. At one time, an interesting group of native Americans, known as the “fly eaters” dwelt on this lake’s Eastern shore. It is too salty to support any fish populations…

8 BP 15

I get to say, “Are we there yet?”…

9 BP 15

Yay !!!…The Walker River Lodge … I have been staying here since 1974, when I first brought my Father up to Bridgeport…

9.5 BP 15

…time for dinner at the Bridgeport Inn

10 BP 15

The “Virgin Mary”…extra spicy…

11 BP 15

…and garlic bread, of course !

12 BP 15

…up at 6AM and a visit to Nugent’s Bakery, before heading up the mountain…

13 BP 15

…main street, Bridgeport CA at 7AM…not too alive…

14 BP 15

…the arrow designates the way South to Conway Summit and the turn off to Virginia Lakes…

15 BP 15

…along Hwy. 395, headed South…The peaks to the left, in the photo are our destination…

16 BP 15

…getting closer…Michael wanted to pull off the road to make a call back East to his wife…the bars indicated service…

17 BP 15

…my phone does not get service ( thanks, unmentioned carrier) up here so I used it for some photos…Looking South towards Mono Lake…

18 BP 15

Little Virginia Lake…our first spot on the Itinerary…

19 BP 15

…The “Old Guy” in a reverse view…Virginia Lakes closes up for boat rentals at 11AM on Tuesdays so that the staff at Virginia Lakes Resort can go down the mountain to Bridgeport or Mammoth Lakes for recreation and taking care of personal business…be aware if ya’ don’t take some other type of water craft with ya’…

20 BP 15

…so Michael and I headed over to Trumbull Lake to fish from the shoreline…a trek through the “Mule Ears”...

21 BP 15

Trumbull Lake, looking East…this lake has Browns, Rainbows (planted) and Brookies. The Rainbows are the most plentiful. I have seen a 7 lb. + Brown taken from this lake and there are probably some larger ones in here as well…

22 BP 15

…on the far side of the lake, by the scree and talus…one of my favorite spots, here…

22.5 BP 15

…Michael slackin’ off with his new brim…

23 BP 15

…looks like a rise to me…

24 BP 15

…yep…

25 BP 15 copy

…a typical Trumbull Rainbow…

24.5 BP 15

…and another…

25 BP 15

Trumbull Lake… approaching sunset…

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

…a rise in deeper, dark water…

25.7 BP 15

,,,a beaver lives just below that fallen pine…

26 BP CALLIBAETIS 15

...A Callibaetis Spinner Michael picked off the surface film…

29 BP 15 copy

…down the mountain for dinner at the Virginia Creek Settlement

27 BP 15

…what’s on the menu ?

28 BP 15

…well, this is just part of what is offered…the Italian servings are great and so is the pizza…

29 BP 15

…after dinner moon…

32 BP 15

…the following day, back at Little Virginia Lake with the “Old Guy” rowing…

33 BP 15

…Michael nails a 2lb. / 10 oz. Rainbow on an Owens “Offender”…The overall fishing on this trip was difficult. Normally, we catch and release a lot of Trout when visiting these lakes. Jim Reid, owner of Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, had some thoughts on just why this was occurring this season. I will not go into his explanation – but I do concur…

34 BP 15

This is the East Walker River, an Eastern Sierra classic, “Blue Ribbon” water. Because of our current drought, the water flows are very low and warm. The river is choked with weeds and algae and the mosquitoes are out for blood…Michael and I left our favorite river – alone…

35 BP 15 EWR 7.30.15 - SZD

…more East Walker, close to the Nevada state line…

36 BP 15

…looking downstream…

37 BP 15

…another downstream view…

38 BP 15

…Bridgeport Reservoir …the source for the East Walker River and the lowest I have seen it since it was drained in 1987…

39 BP 15

…one fellow, working the river below the dam. Michael watched him take a 18″ Brown from this section…like I said, I leave it alone…

40 BP 15 LOWER TWIN LAKE

…this is Lower Twin Lakes, outside of Bridgeport. The level is down 15′ and we took photos rather than fish it…

41 BP 15

…another view, looking Southeast…

42 BP 15

Upper Twin Lakes…more water, deeper and colder…there were only two boats out on the lake when we passed here and we did not fish it…I visited again with Ally,Hero and Nick on a very wet evening, a few days later…

43 BP 15 LAKE MAP

…exploring time for Michael…what follows are some places and images that Big Moo documented while Pop pounded the water with a gazillion fly patterns…

44 BP 15

..Red Lake…

45 BP 15

Red and Copper…

46 BP 15

Carolyn Webb told me there was a submarine sized Brown in here…haven’t met ’em…yet…

47 BP 15

…more Red Lake from the non-red side…

48 BP 15

…patterns in the water…

49 BP 15 SUMMIT

Summit Pass …11,100’…

50 BP SUMMIT 15

…more form and texture from Summit Pass…

51 BP 15

…Alpine flora…

52 BP 15

…something for Nadia’s next kitchen counter project…

53 BP 15

…and Koi Pond…

54 BP 15

Alpine trickler…

55 BP 15Lone Pine by the lake…

56 BP 15

Big Virginia Lake and the WALL…sit over there in the evening with a float tube or pontoon and use beetle and flying ant patterns…

57 BP 15

…looking back towards Big Virginia Lake…

58 BP 15

…a good casting location which Michael always seems to find…

59 BP 15

…another view from the Summit Trail back towards Virginia Lakes…and Nevada in the background…

60 BP 15

…another lake I don’t know the name of..way up there…

61 BP 15

Peak scenery…

62 BP 15 JOLLY KONE

The Jolly Kone in Bridgeport…the burger and hot dog palace, which appears to have a new offering…

62.5 BP 15

Nope, don’t see it on the regular menu…

63 BP BT 1 .15

Enough food…back up to Little Virginia on an overcast day which was marked by thunder and showers…

63.5 BP 15 SCUD VL SZD

One of the locals (Scud) that motored by our boat just as the rain stopped…

64 BT BP 2. 15

Then, Michael added this to his tippet…

65 BP BT 3 .15

…and BAM !!!

66 BP BT 3 .15

Michael brings the Trout up to the Lodge to have Carolyn put it on the digital scale…

67 BP BT 4 .15

Carolyn lets Michael know the scale is off by 2 ozs. under…

68 BP BT 5 .15

…almost ready for the report photo…

69 BP BT 6 .15

Carolyn shoots…

69.5 BP BT 6.15

Michael goes on the board a second time…

70 BP 15 MOO BIG TROUT LVL

Pop shoots Michael for posterity…this is the largest Trout he has landed, to date…

74 BP 15

…and who shows up moments later…ALLY !!!

75 BP HERO AND ALLY BP 7.30.15 SZD

…and Hero…

72 BP LVL SUNSET 7.29.15 SZD

Meanwhile, back on the lake, I pick up…

71 BP BROOK 1 15

…a few Brook Trout…

74 BP 15 red-herl-n-hen-1

…using this little red peacock soft hackle…

73 BP BROOK 2 .15

Pretty little guys…

76 BP 15

Back down the mountain to celebrate with pizza at the Virginia Creek Settlement…

77 BP 15 MOO ALLY DAD

Thanks Nick !!!

78 BP CLEAN  1 . 15

Back to the Walker River Lodge and some work for Michael…

79 BP CLEAN 2 . 15

Michael cleans a Big Trout…

80 BP CLEAN 3 . 15

Step #.1, – with a good sharp knife…

81 BP CLEAN 4 . 15

Step #.2, all the way up to the initial cut…

82 BP CLEAN 5 . 15

Step #.3, take the gills and entrails rearward…use  finger nails to remove all veining and blood…

83 BP CLEAN 6 . 15

Step #.4, breathe…place in freezer…get ready for yer’ last day…

85 BP 15

…first on the lake, early in the AM on a day that did not see much action…

84 BP 15 MOO ALLY NICK BP INN

Dinner and not mint juleps on the veranda at the Bridgeport Inn. Michael left the following morning to pick up his wife in Reno and spend a few days with her family up in Lake Tahoe…

86 BP 15

So it’s Ally, Hero and Nick. I got him started with a fly and bubble on a rainy day. Nick’s fishing experience on freshwater lakes was, shall we say…limited. He got a nice huge strike on a Tan Seal Bugger but did not set the hook in time – doh…

87 BP 15POP MINI RAINBOW SZD

…and I was having this kind of day…

88 BP 15

…while Ally, Hero and Nick went looking for Frodo and Mordor…

89 BP 15

…Nope, not here…

91 BP 15

…getting wet…

91.5 BP 15

Ally and Hero up there…

92 BP 15

A short trip up to Upper Twin Lakes in the rain…

93 BP 15

At the marina…

94 BP 15ALLY UPPER TWIN LAKE 8.1.15 SZD

Ally and Hero … posing…

95 BP 15

Boats at rest…

96 BP 15 MOO'S BEST BURGER 8.1.15 SZD

The cafe at Annett’s Mono Village where Michael swears he had the best cheeseburger ever…( kid was delusional )…

97 BP 15 SUNSET WRL 1

Last sunset before leaving Bridgeport…

98 BP 15 MT. WHITNEY FH 8.215 SZD

Since Nick had never been here, we made a point of stopping at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery which I have been visiting since 1952…

99 BP 15

The brood stock pond…the race ways, where large Brook and Rainbows were kept, were destroyed in a flood in 2008…they have not been replaced…More HERE

100 BP 15

When I was a little kid, my Dad would bring my brother and I here. There were thousands of Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Tiger Trout in the metal rearing pens inside this structure…

101 BP 15

Bring your kids too !!!

102 BP 15

Yep…Ally and Michael have been coming up for quite awhile…

ALLY Mt. WHT FH

Ally, 1995, by the raceways that were destroyed…

MOO MT WHT FH

Michael spies some Brook Trout…

103 BP 15 RAINBOW MT. WHITNEY FH 8.2.15

Why I love this place…

104 BP CK 1 . 15

No story is complete without an ending…and nothing goes to waste…

105 BP CK 2 . 15

Michael does filets…

106 BP CK 3 .15

Marinate for a little while…

107 BP CK 4  . 15

Grill…

108 BP CK 5 . 15

Add the sides…

109 BP CK 6 .15

Enjoy !!!

110 BP 15 T BIG MOO LT 2

A little paddling on Lake Tahoe…and there’s the hat Michael got Aimee…

111 BP T 15 BIG MOO LT 1

Until next time…

NEXT:…

CONES HOOKS

…more of patterns tied on these…

PT/TB

Read Full Post »